Disaster management is needed now more than ever, as the frequency and intensity of natural and man-made disasters grow inexorably. On 15 May last year the European Commission launched the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC). For the European Union it marked a great step forward in guaranteeing a swifter and more predictable disaster response capacity, as well as providing much closer attention to prevention and preparedness.
Since start-up the ERCC has been activated more than 35 times during crises: from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines through forest fires in Europe to the Syria refugee crisis. On every occasion it has lived up to its purpose as an effective streamliner of rapid and coordinated response to emergencies.